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bookworm21
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
The last couple weeks I've been having trouble sleeping. So many thoughts race through my head and I'm worried about everything.
 
How do I keep those thoughts away, especially when trying to sleep?

stkitt
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   Posted 9/25/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   

CD,

Hello, it is 3:26 AM where I am. What helps me is to just get up and go to the computer and talk to all of you.  When I keep my mind busy eventually I will get sleepy and go back to bed.

Remember you can only think of one thing at a time so if your focused on the posts here you can not be worrying about something else.........stay focused.

Hope you can get some sleep.

Night,
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bookworm21
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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I suppose just having one good thing on the mind is much better than many upsetting things; I just can never clear my head!
 
Thanks, kitt. I hope your sister is doing well.

nervymeg
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   Posted 9/25/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   

ComedyDork,

I find that writing these thoughts down helps me. Even if I have to switch on the nightlight and write the same thing down 400 times.

I also try and say to myself "I cannot do anything about it tonight" over and over. Because I can't. If that still doesn't help then I read and try to get the "cycle" of negative thoughts out of my head.

I hope this helps. Sweet dreams smurf

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bookworm21
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Meg. I'll keep that in mind, too.
 
I have an unrelated question. I scratch myself whenever I'm anxious or stressed. How do I stop that? I end up scratching myself in the same place and the skin gets really damaged sometimes. The first time it happened I even got a prescription cream from the doctor and it didn't help that much.

travis5818
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ComedyDork,

I'm a fellow insomniac as well, so I share your pain, lol :o. What's helped me a pretty good deal is 100 mg of Seroquel that my psychiatrist recently prescribed me. I've been through the entourage of drugs in Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, etc. Very resistant to many of them. In terms of the non-medication route, I would see if reading doesn't help just a little bit before bed to relax your mind. If not, try very very hard to simply think of one thing for a while. It can be difficult because your mind gets bored after a while, but see if you can simply follow one thing or one train of thought for a while.

-Travis

percycat
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   Posted 9/26/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
ComedyDork,

Sometimes, I'll wake up in the night and get caught up in thinking about worrisome things. When that happens, after about 20 minutes or so of fretting, reasoning about possible solutions, etc., and realizing that I'm not letting go of my concerns, I do force myself to turn on the light and either read or go on the computer. I hate disrupting my sleep further, but I've found that usually within 30 minutes or so, I'm distracted enough from the concern to get back to sleep. Only something distracting will work for me, though.

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/26/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there

For me it is a hot milk at night just as I am ready to try to fall asleep
It has to have a touch of cinnamon on top
OHHHHHHH it warms the body so
It has ( milk) a natural ingredient in it when heated is activated
Kinda like the reason they give babies warm like...........

I got so bad I had to also get myself meds ( trazadone) they work for me when I really cannot fall asleep
I have had plenty on mind lately so ..........

You have to try the hotmilk honestly

Be well .....
.........LYN
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nervymeg
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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't know how to stop the scratching in your sleep. Can you maybe wear cotton gloves? It may look silly..but if it works!!

I get bruises in my sleep. I don't know HOW. But almost every morning I wake up with anew one. Mostly on my arms. I'm running out of excuses as to why they are there. I am not exactly the extreme sport type.

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hostas
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   Posted 9/26/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
The no or little sleep thing can certainly play havic on how you feel and act the next day.  I celebrate when I get 6 hours of sleep.  I use to aways sleep 8-10 hours at a stretch.  Lately it's been 2-4 hours at a time.  What helps me to fall back asleep or get me into a relaxed mode to go to sleep is:  a cup of chamomile tea with some sort of carb (toast, crackers, baked potote, etc.) and then I take a magnesium suppliment.  While I'm laying in bed I thank God for 10 things (the blue sky, warm weather, cool breeze, good food, prayers made by other's for me, God's love, a phone call,  etc.)  This puts my mind at peace.  If I'm still not sleepy, I play a game in my head where I'm writing a movie script.  All my favorite actors are in it.  Of course I'm the leading lady.  Everynight the script progresses.  Some nights I don't even get through the pre-empt before I've nodded off.  I hope something will help you sleep. 

happyvel
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   Posted 9/26/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello CD,

I find when I can't sleep, I just run water in my bathtub and sit on the floor and let my hands running through the water. but i love the sound of water and a thempist told me to try this and it helps me. And, sometimes I just lay in bed and play a scene out in my head about being somewhere where I dream to take a trip too. And that helps too. I hope that sleep finds you soon. I will keep you in my prayers.

God Bless you
Be all you can be
Vel
 


nervymeg
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   Posted 9/27/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   

hostas, what great advice! I'm going to try that as well. I wonder if Jonny Depp will be my leading man?

happy vel, great input too :-) a bath really soothes doesn't it? I got a bath pillow and salts for my birthday and sometimes my partner has to prise me out of the tub!

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I really hope you do read all the great advice and input given

And most of all I wish you a better sleep and no scratching

Have you given Aveeno a try in a warm tubby just prior to bed........

Plz do keep us posted

LYN
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katekate888
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   Posted 9/28/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
ComedyDork,
How have you been doing? Are you falling asleep better? Hostas- what a great bunch of ideas for trying to fall asleep. I myself am going to try some of those things, on those nights when i just cant fall asleep. something I do when i cant fall asleep is i start listing in my head all of the people I know. jsut the names of them. Sometimes i find that Ill only name like 15 people before ive nodded off. Journaling your thoughts also helps. I hope you are doing okay!
Kate

bookworm21
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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, thanks for all the advice. During the last couple days, I've had more exercise and activity and have reduced the stress/anxiety a little bit, so falling asleep hasn't been a problem. But I'll keep the great advice in mind for when I'm not as exhausted!

stkitt
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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   

CD,

Good to hear from you and know you are getting to sleep.......... keep on doing whatever your doing as it is working.

Smiles,
Kitt

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